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Title Robert Seymour satirical etching, "Locomotion, Plate 2nd: A few small inconveniences/There's nothing perfect"; circa 1835
Collection Lang Collection
Object Name Print
Caption Etching, "Locomotion: A few small inconveniences/There's nothing perfect"
Scope & Content Hand-colored satirical etching entitled "Locomotion: Plate 2nd". Artist: Robert Seymour. Published by Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, London. This is the second of two "Locomotion" prints by the artist. See Object ID 2004G1313.1 for Locomotion Plate #1, "Locomotion: Walking by Steam, Riding by Steam, Flying by Steam".

To the left of the title is inscribed subtitled "A few small inconveniences"; to the right, "There's nothing perfect." Signature (in plate, lower left): "Seymour Del Shortshanks Sculpt." (Robert Seymour sometimes used the pseudonym Shortshanks, a play on the name of rival illustrator George Cruikshank).

Throughout the print, from the left to the right, are various humorous sketches:
-A pilot of a steam ornithopter shouts, "Help. Help! The Joint wont turn & I cant get down again", while another ornithopter pilot simply looks terrified as his machine plunges downward, having lost an entire wing.
-A man wearing steam-powered boots anxiously asks his servant, "Curse the fire, is it out?", and the servant, wielding a bellows, responds, "Not quite Sir yet."
-A top-hatted man in a fancy powered carriage waves his walking stick and yells, "You low bred rascal, why don't you burn refined Charcoal." at a produce vendor who is driving a smoky coal-powered cart and dragging a tired dog behind him. His fellow passengers exclaim, "Oh! the smoke! Oh! the wretch! I shall expire!" The vendor responds, "Voud you pay for it then my Pinks?"
-A vehicle labeled "Safety Coach - guaranteed not to explode" is being driven off the road by the force of an explosion outside the frame of the picture, and passengers are being flung skyward or over the edge of a steep hill. In the water below them, a large ship is listing heavily to starboard and appears to be sinking.

Approximately 9½"x13".
Accession# 2004G1313
Subjects Aviation--Heavier than air.
Steam-powered vehicles--art.
Coal-powered vehicles-art.
Art--Satirical--England.
Object ID 2004G1313.2
Creator Seymour, Robert, 1798–1836.
Other Creators McLean, Thomas
Date ca. 1835
Year Range from 1834
Year Range to 1836
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